One of my 'Alter-Egos'

 
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Two years ago I volunteered as a Water Safety Instructor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Alva, Florida (where many of my spectacular sky scenes came from at the time.) After several Kindegartners asked me if dogs should wear life jackets I commented on it to one of the rangers who emphatically said that they definitely should, as dogs often fall into the Caloosahatchie and many drown from exhaustion.

I've been an amateur puppetteer for years, and my Golden Retreiver, Nugget, became my partner during my program.

This year we were invited to the Volunteer Pot Luck and I was asked to bring Nugget and demonstrate his role in the program I gave.

Sharon Merrow took this image of me with Nugget. Jeanne, to my right, has been a Volunteer Manatee Watcher with her husband, Don, for 7 years. They track the movements of the beautiful Sea Cows through the locks. The other two ladies, Pam (to my left) and Julie, took my place this year. One of their cats is shown in the inset, trying to figure Nugget out.

In exchange for 20 hours of volunteer work per week I was given a beautiful camping spot at WP Franklin Campground. Mike worked locally in various seasonal jobs.

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Guest - May 12, 2007 07:22 PM EDT
Thank you for your great comments, Carol, plumeriagirl and Alandra. Plumeriagirl - I actually was a freelance photojournalist for a couple of years - many moons ago! The inset was relevant as Nugget drives dogs and cats crazy when they first see him. It's hysterical to watch them get all excited - until I bring him close enough to sniff - as soon as they realize they've been fooled the live animals ill literally stick their noses up in the air and act as if they knew it was a joke all along! 'Knight', Julie's cat in the inset, was no exception! Vicki
Guest - May 12, 2007 02:22 PM EDT
a lovely happy group of ladies and Nugget too! All very interesting, and I also like the insert. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Guest - May 12, 2007 02:17 AM EDT
What a fun article to read. I really like the photo journalism as to what the picture is about. Makes one apprecate the scene that much more.
Guest - May 11, 2007 07:03 PM EDT
Lovely photo of a happy group. Carol
Guest - May 11, 2007 06:51 PM EDT
Thankyou for your encouraging comments, Mary and Cindy. 'Nugget' is definitely an 'asset' and a great crowd-pleaser. Vicki
Guest - May 11, 2007 02:50 AM EDT
I do love this photo Vicki, I love how you all look happy and the smiles are very contagious, and that just has to be good!
Guest - May 10, 2007 11:59 PM EDT
Forgot to say....I like the little insert you added to the photo...well done.
Guest - May 10, 2007 11:58 PM EDT
Lovely group photo...nice to meet you Vicki. Nugget too! Interesting story about your volunteer work and the work of Jeanne and husband Don.

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